Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Bolero Jacket


Bolero Jacket

Years ago, I stumbled upon a great deal on a navy blue velvet and brocade bolero style jacket. It is a statement piece and looks just as lovely with jeans  as it does a circle skirt.
 
 
 
 

From a color psychology perspective, blue is reliable and responsible. This color exhibits an inner security and confidence.  It is considered a corporate color - think the power suit. I believe this jacket is playful and gives a sense of whimsy to classic navy blue. 
 
The next time you have to make a presentation or speak in front of a group of people you might want to know, Blue is the color associated with the Throat Chakra. This chakra deals with communication of how we feel and what we think. 


 
 
 
 




I feel special when I wear this piece.  It is a conversation starter type of item, I often receive complements when I wear the jacket. The thing I love most is that I paid $11.99 for it! 
It's good to experiment with color. Stop and check yourself to see what your mood reveals. Remember to have fun when you put your sense of style together!
 
Jacket - Dillards (clearance - jack pot)
Blouse - AnnTaylor (clearance)
Skirt - Steinmart
Boots - Kohls (Clearance)
 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Burgundy


Burgundy



Color is a non-verbal form of communication and I am fascinated with the psychology of it and the role it plays in our lives. Corporate American spends billions of dollars testing colors. Color can boost your mood, give you an edge and lend itself to a sense of authority.


Burgundy gives an air of sophistication.  It is the color of wealth, success, prosperity and elegance.  This hottest of colors this season works for every skin tone.


 
  • It’s fabulous with gray,
  • a classic with navy
  • and on trend paired with mustard
    
A blend of red, associated with the root chakra and purple connected to the crown chakra and the higher knowing of “self.”

Cardigan sweater: Ann Taylor - clearance
Skirt - Ann Taylor - clearance
Top - Ann Taylor - clearance
Shoes - DSW
 
 
 
 
 
 
                    
 
 



 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

My go to color


My go to color
 
 

My go to color is black. Black is a neutral, its slenderizing and goes with just about anything. Black is a power color and adds a twist of mystery. It’s a classic and suggests sophistication.

Black absorbs negative energy. Just be careful not to overdo wearing black because too much black can be a bit depressing. Think about using some color to brighten its energy.
 
 


 
 
 
Knit sweater - Macy's clearance
Black shell - Banana Republic clearance
Skirt- Steinmart
 
 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Cute Striped Jacket


A Cute Striped Jacket
 
I wasn’t sure what to wear to work this morning, and then I decided it would be the perfect day for a cute striped jacket and boots.
 
Red is a warm and positive color associated
with enhancing love, passion and increasing motivation.
It is a power color and in Eastern cultures such as
China Red is the color of good luck.
 
 







Cute Striped Jacket - SteinMart
Blouse - Macys
Pants - Macys
Boots - Kohls
Necklace -  Charming Charlies




 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Yellow State of Mind


A Yellow State of Mind!


Color can do amazing things for a girl! It can highlight your skin tones, lift your mood and even make your baby blues more defined. Today I was feeling Yellow! The wearing of this unexpected color can be a little tricky so it's important to pick the right hue and pair it with the perfect complimentary colors.  



 
 
 

 

 

Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. Yellow is the best color to create enthusiasm for life and can awaken greater confidence and optimism. Yellow is a spontaneous color and unexpected. Its effective for attracting attention. 



 
 
 
Yellow reminds me sunflowers fields, which immediately makes me smile. Sunflowers exude happy, so if you ever get down in the dumps treat yourself to some sunflowers to lift your spirits. You’ll feel your mood lift quickly!
 
 
  
Sunflowers make me smile almost as much as my animal print boots!
 
 
Sweater: JC Penny
Blouse: Old Navy
Bubble Necklace: Charming Charlies
Boots: DSW
 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Inspiration


Inspiration


Where do you get your style inspiration? I am a self-admitted magazine-aholic. I enjoy nothing more than sitting with a cup of green tea and pursuing over my favorite magazines!
 
Today I would like to share a little inspiration I received from the November 2013 edition of HGTV Magazine. It all started with the photo featuring a beautiful geranium red chest and  a yellow chevron pillow. 
 


http://www.hgtv.com/
 


Months ago I purchased a duvet cover from Pottery Barn. It was on clearance and I received a smoking deal on it. But somehow when I got it home I could not quite get it right, until I saw the red and yellow color combination used in the magazine.  Bells rung in my head as I remembered tucked away in a closet were two beautiful red toile pillows and a red velvet quilt from years gone by.  The items no longer worked into my color scheme and I tucked them away for safe keeping.    

Initially, I wondered if it would look a little like McDonald’s. But then I put it together and realized IT WORKS! Tis the season for red. The color is warm, rich and inviting.
 
 
 






 
 

 
  
The red velvet throw is from Christmas past, and would adorn a chair in the living room for the holidays.  The script pillow is a Homegoods find that was already at home on my bed. I think the red makes it pop.
My question to you is where do you find your style inspiration?


 
Duvet set
 
Inspiration
 
Nail head trim head board is from Wayfair.
 


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Polka Dots and a Jean Jacket

Polka Dots and a Jean Jacket

The cool weather's chill is perfect boot weather, and it is a short season in Arizona.  So I like to take every opportunity to wear them.



I only wish you could see
what I see when I look at you.
        ~ Kobi Yamada

 
 







Jean Jacket - Nordstrom
Shirt - Ann Taylor
Skirt - Ann Taylor
Boots - Vince Camuto
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress

The holidays have arrived! Which means more opportunities to deck your halls and FA LA LA. It is that special time of year to shine! No need to stress about what to wear to your social soirees, dinners and holiday get-togethers. You have got this covered with the little black dress!

One of the best investments a woman can purchase is the LBD! I have a variety of them in my closet. I just can't help myself. You can wear them to everything, and with a quick change of shoes and accessories, you have a completely new look. No one will realize you have worn the same dress twice or thrice in a season.


In the summer, I wear this LBD as a sundress and pair it with cute sandals. For work, I add a cute polka dot blouse, sling back pumps and a flash of color with a red belt.

I found this dress at Target!
Belt - Target
Blouse - Loft (9 years ago)
Slings - DSW
Pearl bracelets - Forever 21 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is my latest favorite LBD! Chanel look chain with pearls and snakeskin look pumps
 
 
Dress- Loft (Yes 40% off sale)
Necklace - The Limited (purchased in 1988) - yes I said 1988!
Snakeskin pumps - DSW
 
 
To Change the look up I pulled on my favorite boots!
 
 
 
 
I love this cocktail dress, because it is forgiving. As my weight fluctuates, the dress does too! The dress is comfortable, and I have had the opportunity to wear it to a variety of affairs.


An easy way to switch up a LBD
 is your shoes. I think Dorthy would
 approve of my red satin shoes.
 
 
I had the opportunity to wear these shoes one New Years in New Orleans. I walked the French Quarter under the moonlight. Shoes must be beautiful but they also need to be comfortable.
 
 
 
 
Another reason I adore this dress is because of the broach. It makes the jewelry decision a breeze! Sexy chandelier earring! Enough said!
 
Dress - Macys
Earrings- Dillards
 

I wear these earring with everything from
jeans to black cocktail dresses!

Things to remember
 
Comfort - because there is no point if you are miserable in it
Style - think timeless (How long will you have this piece)
Fabrics - does it make you feel pretty
Cut - does it fit your frame
Think outside the box be creative
 
My hope is that some of my ideas inspire you to shop in your closet to pull together some great holiday ideas this season.





 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Day to Night

Day to Night

A girl on the go means long days. Recently, I decided to meet a friend for a holiday drink after work. I knew I was going to wear my favorite sweater knit skirt to work, but I wanted to fun it up in a casual way after work. 

When I purchase items, in the back of my mind, my little voices help me keep me thinking about the  versatility of an item. How many looks can I get out of an outfit?

I recently wore this skirt to work, which meant I would have to change the look up by switching out the black top for this wine colored sweater.  For my casual evening look I kicked off the pumps and pulled on my favorite boots, and added denim jacket and scarf...and VOILA!


I love this skirt!
 It so comfortable, and easy to wear.


Charming Charlie's necklace in silver,
and pearl bracelets.
 

Casual look for after work.
 

Day to Night
 

Favorite comfortable boots.
 
 
The pin was a gift from a friend. I love adding
unexpected embellishments, and when
they are from a friend they
 instantly make it special.
 
 
Jean jacket was a score at Nordstrom a
million years ago. I love the cut, its nipped
in at the waist. The scarf is from Chico's I
"borrowed" it from my Mom!


Skirt - Ann Taylor
Sweater - Chico's Outlet
Tights - Steinmart
Shoes - DSW
Boots - Vince Camuto Outlet
Jean Jacket - Nordstrom
Scarf - Chico's - Thanks Mom!
Pin - Gift (vintage) Thank you Stephanie Blackwell!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Unexpected Accessory

The Unexpected Accessory

While I am on the subject of accessories, I thought I would mention one of my favorites, and with a chill in the air it is perfect time to discuss........ the coat! Yes a coat can be an accessory. It adds dimension, color and even texture to an outfit. In the desert we do partake in wearing coats....just a little different than the rest of the country. Its chilly in the morning and evenings in the winter. I like coats that I can dress up or down. 

My favorite coat was a birthday gift from my mom years ago, but it still looks and makes me feel like a million bucks! I wear this coat with jeans, dress pants and cocktail dresses. When I pair it with a casual look it gives a hint of the unexpected. The pink lining is very chic and I feel as if I stepped out of an Audrey Hepburn movie. Check out consignment shops and Goodwill stores, because you never know when you will hit the jackpot for the perfect coat as an unexpected accessory.


Rich navy blue velvet, cut slightly
 above the knee allows me to
 go day to evening.

  





A Westie dog Swarovski pin adds a hint of
whimsy to the coat lapel. (It was a gift)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Girl's Weekend in Atlanta


My grandmother taught me one can shop sensibly but there are times when a splurge is warranted!  She was a wise lady, and I took her advise to heart on my Girl's Weekend Trip to Atlanta.  More to come on this subject latter.

I have to share with you packing for any trip is more of a chore for me.  What should I pack?  I fantasize about being one of those girls that packs her little weekend bag and off she goes looking polished and styled. I have one word for you WHATEVER!  I have decided the carry on diva only happens in the movies.  In real life it is about figuring out how to go from practically 90 degrees in Phoenix to the upper 50's in Atlanta. I have learned over the years packing for trips is about basic pieces and ACCESORIES!  A basic raincoat will take you anywhere, sunglasses, a cute scarf...check ....check and CHECK!

A pair of smart dress pants, and a great blazer for the plane ride are comfortable and travel well. The checked blouse is one of my favorites.  It is super soft and cozy, and the bright color is cheery.

 

Blouse - Banana Republic clearance
Jacket clearance Kohls
Dress Pants - sale Loft
Broach - gift 
 
 
  
No lie traffic is hell in this town. It always looks like
 this, but a detour into a Starbucks led us to some
 incredible southern hospitality and a tip on an outlet mall.
 
 
 
Who knew Autumn was so spectacular in Atlanta! Living in Phoenix as long as I have I completely forgot about the magic of trees. The air was so fresh and clean. It was invigorating, just wait until I get to the shopping!
 
 

 
 

 
 






 
 A chilly day featuring a raincoat, cute scarf and comfortable flats, let the shopping begin!


And shop we did!



My big splurge was on a fabulous new pair of boots. Keep in mind I did score an additional 40 percent off sale on the boots.  I love everything about them, besides being incredibly stylish they are unbelievably comfortable and they smell wonderful!



My blazer came in handy for another cute outfit.



My dear friend scored at the Vince Camuto Outlet store too! Her shoe booties are beautiful, the embossed leather makes them super sexy. 

Vince Camuto 5" inch booties. (LOVE)
 Super skinny zipper pants from Express
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Smart sunglasses - a girl's best friend



 
It was a successful weekend filled with laughter, wine, shopping and good old fashioned southern hospitality. Thank you Georgia!